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Star-quality smiles are now within reach for any patient who is willing to invest the time needed for cosmetic dental treatments that can vastly enhance the appearance of their smiles. A variety of cosmetic interventions can address problems like deeply stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, undersized teeth, crooked teeth and other aesthetic concerns.
The interventions most frequently used in this specialty include: teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns and dental bridges. These treatments can be provided individually or in combination for a complete smile makeover. Some of them can drastically improve the smile’s appearance in a matter of weeks!
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are often provided by prosthodontists who pursue extensive post-graduate training in the specialty after completing dental school. This additional education makes them uniquely qualified to provide the cosmetic procedures discussed above. When you seek cosmetic dental care from a prosthodontist, you can be sure that you are tapping into the best kind of dental specialist to meet your needs.
Patients who are new to cosmetic dentistry and restorations often have the following questions:
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is bonded on top of your natural enamel to restore or protect a tooth with damage too extensive to be addressed by a more conservative restoration, like a dental filling. Dental crowns may be made of porcelain, metals or composite resin materials. Porcelain may be fused to a metal to give the crown additional strength.
If you have developed a large cavity or broke off a sizable portion of your tooth, a crown may be recommended to restore the tooth in your case. Dental crowns can help to preserve a tooth when a smaller restoration like dental bonding or a filling would be inadequate. Crowns are also placed on teeth after root canals when they are susceptible to breakage if they don’t have some form of reinforcement. Dr. Taskonak will discuss specific rationales for a crown in your case with you.
A dental bridge consists of crowns that anchor a pontic (artificial tooth) to replace a single missing tooth or a small number of missing teeth in a row. The crowns are bonded to the adjacent teeth, also known as the abutment teeth, and they hold the pontic in place. Dental bridges offer a budget-friendly option to fill in the empty space left behind by a lost tooth (or teeth).
A veneer is a thin tooth-shaped shell that is bonded to the enamel on the front of the tooth (unlike a crown, which covers an entire tooth’s surface). Veneers may be used to conceal defects like chips, cracks or deep stains in the teeth. They also can be used to create the illusion of proper positioning in a slightly crooked stretch of teeth.
Patients in need of multiple cosmetic dentistry interventions to achieve their smile goals, such as those whose smiles have been severely damaged by injury or oral diseases or those with underlying congenital or developmental issues that left them with unattractive smiles, can combine multiple cosmetic dentistry interventions. Such a full mouth reconstruction can greatly enhance patients’ smiles.
This will largely depend on the number and types of procedures being performed. After evaluating your case, Dr. Taskonak can make recommendations about specific procedures and give you a better idea of what your anticipated treatment timeline may be. Rest assured that your investment of time will be worthwhile to get the results that you want.
Patients may be dissatisfied with their smiles for any number of reasons, from the shade and shape of their teeth to an incorrect alignment to structural flaws in the teeth. Dr. Taskonak can draw from his professional expertise to select cosmetic dentistry interventions to correct any of these problems, in addition to other concerns.
Cosmetic dentistry can make the smile of your dreams a realistic goal for you. Consult with Dr. Taskonak to learn more about the specific procedures that may be most beneficial in your case.
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